2022—Small Bite

Many small shorebirds look so much alike it’s nice to have Merlin’s photo ID app to help with identification once I’ve taken the photograph. This is a Semipalmated Sandpiper, still in its breeding plumage, taken on Red River Beach on Cape Cod, Massachussetts. It has extracted some sort of morsel from the surf debris and is attempting to move it into its throat to swallow it by manipulating its beak.